Best of Boston

BEST Breakfast

2016 BEST Breakfast

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe


After almost nine decades of extraordinary history—playing peacekeeper during race riots, serving everyone from presidents to Pullman porters—the Manjourides clan retired from the restaurant business, creating a tragic void in the South End. Fortunately, the family left Charlie’s in good… read more»

2015 BEST Breakfast



Visiting Oleana chef Ana Sortun’s narrow bakery on the Cambridge fringes is an exotic way to kick-start the day. The menu is a parade of Mediterranean-inspired delights, including the luscious shakshuka, poached eggs pooling in a tangy tomato-curry broth that… read more»

2014 BEST Breakfast

Henrietta’s Table


The Goldilocks Principle is perfectly apt when applied to early-morning eats: Go too big and you’re ready for a nap before 10 a.m., go too small and you’ll be hungry within the hour. Henrietta’s gets it just right, balancing out… read more»

2013 BEST Breakfast

Zaftigs Delicatessen


We’ll let you in on a little secret: The very same corned-beef hash and eggs, banana-stuffed French toast, and thick potato pancakes that breakfast lovers line the sidewalk for on weekend mornings can actually be had all day, every day… read more»

2009 BEST Breakfast, North



Given the high caliber of the region’s diners (the Agawam in Rowley) and lunch counters (Newburyport’s Fowle’s), we’ll admit this fine-dining pick is an eye-opener. Chef-owner Peter Capalbo crafts upscale cuisine most nights at his New American bistro, but on… read more»

2009 BEST Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s


You don’t have to be a red-carpet regular to get a seat at Arthur & Pat’s. In fact, it probably wouldn’t matter if you were. When this ragtag seaside shack gets busy—basically, from the day it opens in April till… read more»

2009 BEST Breakfast

The Friendly Toast


Friendly Toast is coming!’ “OMG! Friendly Toast!” Judging by the way local foodies were whipping themselves into a frenzy online, you’d think it was the second coming. But unless one finds salvation in pumpkin pancakes, pecan-caramelized banana waffles, and assorted… read more»

2009 BEST Breakfast, West

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Newton Centre

Having eaten our way across the MetroWest in a futile search for a challenger, there’s little left to say except, once again, here’s Johnny’s. This four-time Best Of winner extends its run by virtue of its satisfyingly thick French toast… read more»

2008 BEST Breakfast



Among Boston’s power-breakfast set, Ken Oringer’s otherwise high-profile restaurant (and the chef’s own ‘baby’) has mostly remained a close-kept secret. Exquisitely mannered servers glide through the elegant dining room, quick with the coffee and sparing with the interruptions. The only… read more»

2008 BEST Breakfast, North

Sugar Magnolia’s


Bacon fans and omelet groupies, take a knee: This one’s for Pancake Nation. A Main Street storefront café that’s more about warmth than polish, Sugar Magnolia’s flips buttermilk and blueberry flapjacks as big as Paul Bunyan’s mittens and just as… read more»